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  1. Ilya, as you know, “Potets” is an adaptation of the eponymous work of A. Vvedensky, and first of all, director Alexander Fedulov and I wanted to convey the spirit of Vvedensky, to introduce the viewer to the then (in 1992) almost not yet read our brilliant poet. As for the analysis of the text, its meanings (and “nonsense”), I recommend reading “Some observations about “Potets” by literary critic Oleg Lekmanov:lit.1september.ru

  2. In the Soviet art-house animation, they loved kripota, but “Potets” surpassed everyone, in my opinion.�

    I'm not a master reader of hidden meanings, but Vvedensky's poem, based on which the cartoon is made, is about death – or rather, about its perception by children. In the cartoon, children are already adults, if I remember correctly, but this does not change the essence – the death of a close relative at any age is shocking. There is also an amazing find in the cartoon, which was revolutionary for the Soviet animation of that time: an episode with several frames depicting the preparation of an old man for his own death. Given the fact that the frames are not interrupted, representing something like GIFs, you can perceive this as a cycle of life and death-both in the existence of one person and in the history of mankind.

    Also, if my memory serves me correctly (I'm afraid to review it), in the cartoon, the old man's sons reacted to his death not so much in cold blood, but superficially, for them, preparing for care became more of an entertainment. How to explain this, I do not know, but I can assume that this is a reference to the rejection of death by children and adolescents – when you already know that it exists and what it is, but you refuse to believe and try to isolate yourself from it.

    I didn't answer your question, I'm sorry, but I wanted to express my thoughts, I thought a lot about the poem myself. Made me think again 🙂

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